A First Look at Canon’s Juicy New EOS C300
By now most of you know that I have mixed feelings about DSLR cameras… love the chips and superior image quality, but hate the awkward “franken rigs” and lack of basic video-friendly features that most pros rely on. The industry is starting to remedy the DSLR dilemma for pro shooters that want to capture gorgeous big-chip images, but with a fully functional video-friendly camera.
The Red Camera, Panasonic’s AF-100 and Sony’s F3 (featured in my all-new Camera Buyer’s Guide) are examples of such big-chip video cameras. Now Canon is entering the fray a year later, but right on time with the very juicy new Canon EOS C300. While the image-quality of the new crop of big-chip dedicated video cameras is comparable to the popular DSLR cameras, the prices are not as most of the new crop is well above the $15K mark once you outfit it with a good zoom or set of prime lenses.
Check out this impressive test shot by my man Jonathan Yi, now a teaching colleague and a talented D.P. who I’m proud to say worked with me in the Production Center back when he was just a student at NYU. And like all the best students, I now have lessons to learn from him.
(*Thanks to my man Pete over at Double 7 Images for the tip off.)